Category Archives: Fun

Type 1 Six Bizarre Facts

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The incidence of Type 1 diabetes is higher in those of higher socio-economic status. So the higher your family’s income, education and occupational status, the more likely you are to develop type 1 diabetes.

The prevalence of type 1 diabetes is much higher in white people than other ethnic groups.

The earliest record of diabetes is found in the Ebers papyrus and dates back to 1500BC. It contains recipes for potions that remove the urine that runs too frequently. I do wonder if they included cinnamon or okra 🙂

Thank heavens for ketostix!   Diagnosing diabetes in the ancient world would be up there with “world’s worst jobs”, ancient doctors would taste urine from suspected sufferers to determine if it was sweet.

A recent University of Pittsburgh study showed that those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after the age of 8 years had lower levels of brain activity later in life than those diagnosed before the age of 8 years.

A clear distinction between type 1 and type 2 diabetes first appeared in The Lancet in 1938,  in an article by Sir Harold Himsworth titled ““Diabetes mellitus: its differentiation into insulin-sensitive and insulin-insensitive types”.

Do you know any other interesting/weird/little known facts about diabetes? Please let us know by sharing a comment.

Our A to Z of things that make your blood sugars go up

On our Facebook page over the weekend, we worked up an A to Z of things that make your blood sugars go up. We ended up with a great, often funny, list which is rather different from what most of us were told at diagnosis…
A to Z
Aggravation
Beef
Cheesecake
Danger
Excitement
Flu
Grief
Hypo Hangovers or Hormones
Ice cream
Jelly beans
Kit Kats
Lamingtons
Mango daiquiris
Nutella
Okra
Pizza
Quince jam or Quinoa
Rice
Sugar
TV
Under-bolusing
Vodka martini
Watermelon
XXXX beer
Yelling or Yummy sweet foods of any description
Zabaglione or WiZZ FiZZ

There are some great explanations for the more obscure responses on the Facebook page.

Thanks to everyone who contributed their creative ideas and experiences! Who said diabetes can’t be fun!

D Photo Album: Steampunk Diabetes

Some pictures of diabetes equipment from earlier decades, all looks a bit scary now!

This modern device makes injecting easy.....
A  scary looking injection device, you put the glass syringe, topped by a resharpened needle into this.

 

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The glass syringes & needles you see here would be loaded into the gun contraptions for administering insulin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating a potion that Prof. Snape would have been proud of to see how much sugar was in your urine was another delight of the first 6 decades of diabetes
Creating a potion that Prof. Snape would have been proud of to see how much sugar was in your urine was another delight of pre-1980s diabetes.